TRENTON – Legislation to examine the recent changes to New Jersey’s graduated license program – including the teen driver decal requirement – received final legislative approval on Monday.
The bill was approved 22-12 by the Senate. It was approved 57-21-2 by the Assembly in June. It now goes to the governor.
Under the bill (A-2740), the state Office of the Attorney General would be required to spend the next six months reviewing the changes made to New Jersey’s graduated license program – including the new license decal program for teen drivers and the curfew change for drivers from midnight to 11 p.m. – and then issue a report to the Legislature on the findings.
“We want teenagers to be safe on the road and behind the wheel,” said Assemblywoman Elease Evans (D-Passaic/Bergen). “At the same time, the public outcry over some of the provisions indicates we should go back and take another look to make sure that in our desire to make our teen drivers safer we did not accidentally impinge upon their freedoms.”
“If people are unhappy with the current graduated license because it is too restrictive, that’s one thing,” said Assemblyman Gilbert L. “Whip” Wilson (D-Camden/Gloucester). “If they’re unhappy with it because it just plain doesn’t work, that’s another thing entirely. Before we make a move, we need to know which it is, so we don’t wind up throwing the proverbial baby out with the bath water.”
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